Garage Door Track Maintenance
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Proper garage door track maintenance will keep your garage door operating smoothly, extending the life of your rollers, hinges, springs and garage door opener. A misaligned door track may lead to binding, dragging and a generally stubborn door.
If your garage door is hard to open or close, you should first test the door to identify the source of the problem. For those with an electric garage door opener, pull the emergency release cord and release the opener from the door. With the opener disconnected, manually open and close the door. If the door is still difficult to open and close, adjustments are needed. If the door works fine, you likely have a problem with the garage door opener mechanism.
Adjusting Garage Door Tracks
With one track on either side of the garage door, they must be in alignment for your garage door to operate properly, guiding your door as it is raised and lowered with an extension or torsion spring. Following are the occasional maintenance steps that should be taken to ensure smooth door operation.
If adjustments need to be made, loosen the mounting brackets by backing out the screws or loosening the bolts holding them in place. With loose brackets, place a piece of wood against the track where it needs to be moved and tap on the block with a hammer. When the track is back where you want it (recheck with your level), retighten the screws or bolts holding the mounting brackets.
NOTE: While you are in the garage door repair mode, check every garage door hinge to be sure they are secured tightly to the garage door. If they are loose, damaged or broken, tighten them or replace them. This is also a good time to check the garage door rollers. If they are bent or worn, they should be replaced.
Cleaning and Lubricating Garage Door Tracks
Dirty tracks lead to poor performance. Annual cleaning of your garage door tracks takes only a few minutes and is simple to do.
With properly maintained garage door tracks your garage door should enjoy a long and practically maintenance free life. Regular, annual maintenance and lubrication is not only a good idea, it will save you time, money and potential future headaches.
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